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Thrilling Potential in 'Hitchcock Therapy'

September 30, 2014 | by Sam Brusco, Editorial Intern | Comments

A shrouded man holding a gun stands in a dark room, breathing heavily, just behind the door. Your heart races and your whole body tenses as you silently (or often, vocally) beg the character about to enter the room, “Don’t go in there!” It's as if...

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5 Benefits of Best-Sourcing Medical Device Teams

October 2, 2014 8:30 am | by Martine Janicki PhD, PEng and a PMP, Project Manager for IHealth | Comments

“Talent management is more than an operational practice, it is skilled art form. Human resources acquisition is the single most important area that will determine the design success or failure.” Best-Sourcing was coined by Tom Peters and...

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Examining the Physician Office Lab Market: CLIA and Technology

September 29, 2014 9:21 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Comments

Kalorama Information recently released a report entitled, “Physician Office Laboratory Markets, 3rd Edition,” which provides a complete review of this important segment of the IVD industry. The following presents some of the report’s analyses...

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Intellectual Property for Competitive Advantage

September 29, 2014 8:30 am | by John Whynott, Technical Product Manager, Mikrotech | Mikrotech | Comments

It is important and will always remain important. Most medical devices manufacturers have difficulty sustaining leadership in all areas of manufacturing (vertical integration). A more cost-effective approach is to outsource areas they have...

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Important to Establish Trust

September 26, 2014 8:30 am | by Steve Heckman, Sr. R&D Engineer, Plastics One | Plastics One, Inc. | Comments

To a degree it has always been important. The OEM expects the part their subcontractor builds meets the specifications they require. As a contract manufacturer, we generally take responsibility for sourcing all of the components required...

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'Aging in Place' and Staying Active

September 25, 2014 8:30 am | by Carly Dumas, Software Engineering Manager, Breck Petrillo, Director of Engineering, Andrew Leoncyzk, Sr. Electrical Engineer; Ximedica | Ximedica | Comments

Ximedica is helping our customers leverage consumer electronics as adjuncts, or alternatives, to dedicated user interfaces and device controls. This is common in home based wellness devices, with connectivity to near field cell phones and...

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Biosensors in Smartphones and Tablets

September 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Karthik Soundar, Segment Manager, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments Inc. | Comments

Assembly technologies that were developed to enable miniaturization of smart phones and to support high-volume production over the last 5-10 years are finding their way into health/fitness and medical devices. Examples include wafer chip scale...

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From the Hospital to the Home

September 23, 2014 8:30 am | by John DiCristina, Medical Equipment Director, Strategic Marketing Group | Comments

The main efficiency driver is the elimination of the package and moving to wafer level packages (WLP). This allows for better cost efficiencies and for dense pin outs reducing the PCB board area. We also have the ability to package multiple...

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The Clutter of Wires, a Thing of the Past

September 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Tony Zarola, Vital Signs Monitoring Marketing Manager, ADI | Analog Devices, Inc. | Comments

No, not at all, apps alone cannot replace medical devices. Sensors/connectivity interfaces to the patient along with signal processing elements are still required to measure the patient’s vital signs accurately. The apps can complement the...

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Congress Tackles LDT Regulation: IVD Innovation and the Device Tax

September 19, 2014 2:20 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Comments

A couple of weeks ago, the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on FDA’s notification to Congress at the end of July that it intends to issue draft guidance on a framework for oversight...

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Making Light of a Serious Situation

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | by Sam Brusco, Editorial Intern | Comments

The last item on a hospitalized patient’s agenda is to contract more illnesses during their stay. Unfortunately, The CDC estimates that five percent of all hospital admissions result in infections that patients acquire during their stay while...

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Test with a Prototype

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | by Anthony Appling, Senior Director of Research & Development, MedVenture Technology, A Helix Medical Company | Comments

There are a few crucial steps that should be taken before significant investment is made or development efforts are put forth. First of all, one should develop a problem statement. You need to determine what specific problem is being addressed...

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Don't Go It Alone

September 18, 2014 8:30 am | by David Perry, Engineer, Boston Device Department | Comments

Focus your efforts on identifying the key assumptions or biggest lingering questions around your new medical device, then build something small and focused to test them. Intuition and math can tell you something should work, but you don't...

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A New Sensor Development Could Aid Those Suffering from Alzheimer’s

September 17, 2014 9:44 am | by A.J. Watts, ECN Editorial Intern | Comments

SmartThings is a DIY home automation system that connects sensors and smart devices with a wireless hub. In addition to sensors, the system can loop in smart thermostats, smart plugs, door locks, and surveillance cameras. Now there isn’t a...

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Ask the Right Questions at the Right Time

September 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Bill Betten, VP Business Solutions, Medical/Life Sciences, Logic PD | Logic PD, Inc. | Comments

I’m going to focus on the initial early stages of the idea generation and concept development. A key aspect of any idea is to understand the problem that is trying to be solved. Is there a real issue that is being addressed or is it a solution...

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The Productization Plan

September 16, 2014 8:30 am | by Dana Demeo, Chief Technical Officer, Intelligent Product Solutions | Intelligent Product Solutions | Comments

Successfully bringing an idea from concept to completion requires coordination, planning, and vision even before you get to square one; we call this the Productization Plan. More often than not, if you were to look back at ideas that seemed...

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